Sunday, December 6, 2009

Another world away in prestons

If you ever wanted to see the grand bazzar, or sift through the diverse cultral markets of China, Hong Kong or India, then save your self a few quid and visit this place:

Prestons grand bazaar at is open weekends and hosts and interesting and nostalgic array of used , new, fresh, stale and even soiled stock, at very negotiable prices...

Upon entering you feel blessed already as you drive past the golden domes of the admin building.
Once you reach the parched white sands of the desert, sorry i mean carpark, you immediately feel like you're on vacation in the middle east. The mirage-like appearance of parking in the shade, only to find the shade has moved by the time you reach it , adds to the grand illusion.

Entry apparently costs $1.80 ea to get in, but we just walked straight in.

Amongst the car-boot like stalls of the vendors you will find most household items, vcrs, dvd players, live chickens, toiletries and perfumes. Many vendors also specialise in unique handicrafts and jewellery items, like glo-sticks and fart bombs.

Haggling is that much en grained in the culture for the bazaar, that you rarely see a price tag, or even packaging. Some items are even missing cords, cables ect as the retailer was in such haste to get the freshly acquired "stock" onto his rental table.

But the epicentre of the market is surely the grand food outlet.. what appears to be 12 or so ethnic based food outlets, Mexican, American, Spanish, gozleme ect. One cant help but notice the all have the same kitchen and seem to sell bacon and egg rolls, hot chips and battered savs.

Another thing i couldn't help but notice was that the market had more vans than a dutch naming convention. Every vendor had a goods vehicle parked somewhere in their stall.

If the vendors added a few more vans in their stands, and a few less used vcrs, well then hey, this market might really work!

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